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4 hurt in Tennessee detention facility fire

January 9, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Two inmates and two officers have been injured in a fire at a correctional facility in Tennessee.

Chattanooga Fire spokesman Bruce Garner tells news outlets that the two inmates received minor burns in the Monday evening fire that broke out in a jail cell at the Silverdale Detention Facilities. The inmates and two officers also suffered from smoke inhalation. All four were hospitalized.

Garner says all inmates from the cell block were evacuated, and the fire was extinguished within five minutes.

The fire department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

Facility spokesman Amanda Gilchrist initially said no inmates were injured, but later said the private company that manages Silverdale, CoreCivic, is aware of the injuries.

No further information has been released.

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